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The river Otra runs througt the Setesdal valley in Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen
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The river Otra runs througt the Setesdal valley in Norway Photo: Anders Martinsen

Key facts about Setesdal

The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres.

History and culture

In Setesdal you will find living silver handicraft and musical traditions. In natural surroundings or at exhibitions, there are minerals from "the beginning of time". Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are on display in the local museums.

Geography

The landscape varies from rich, green lowlands to wild and beautiful mountains. The road passes through many villages; new vistas await around every bend. Choose peaceful days relaxing by your cabin, swim in the lake or raft the foaming rapids. Enjoy the wonderful hiking terrain and numerous other attractions.

Winter

In winter the two northernmost municipalities offer a wide range of activities. The Brokke Alpine Centre is situated in Valle while Hovden is the largest and best-known winter destination in the valley.

Facts

  • Sæbyggjenuten, the highest peak in Setesdal (and in the county of Aust-Agder) is 1,507 metres high.
  • The southernmost population of wild reindeer in Europe roams the Setesdal Vesthei Ryfylkeheiane conservation area.
  • Population: 6,905 inhabitants.
  • Area: 4,567 square kilometres.
  • Climate: warm summers and cold winters (cool summers and very cold winters in Bykle and Hovden, with a record low of –36.4°F).
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Last updated:  2012-12-05
National costume (bunad) from Setesdal in Norway - Photo: Frode Buen
National costume (bunad) from Setesdal in Norway
Rygnestadloftet traditional storehouse in Setesdal, Norway - Photo: Peder Austerud
Rygnestadloftet traditional storehouse in Setesdal, Norway
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The river Otra runs througt the Setesdal valley in Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen

Key facts about Setesdal

The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres.

Key facts about Setesdal

Source: Visitnorway

About Setesdal

Tourist Information for Setesdal

There are four local tourist information offices in Setesdal: in Evje, Bygland, Valle and Hovden.

Key facts about Southern Norway

Sørlandet is the southernmost region of Norway, with 30 municipalities and approximately 285,000 inhabitants.

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